- Issues like homelessness, domestic violence, illicit drug use and disengaged youth are a feature of all communities.
- The welfare and well-being of our community is everyone’s responsibility – Council just can’t ignore these issues and pretend they don’t exist.
- As Mayor, I am the only politician elected to represent the whole of the Sunshine Coast and it is my role to stand up for this community and ensure it is getting its fair share of the resources devoted to human services which our community needs to manage these issues.
- My role is to advocate to the other tiers of government – who have the funding and responsibility for the services needed to address these matters.
- What is pretty confronting and concerning is that I am the only person here talking about these issues and actually committing to do something about them. I haven’t seen either of the other candidates for Mayor say or do anything about these issues.
- It is why I have established the Mayor’s Roundtable on Homelessness, to bring together Council, state agencies and service providers to identify actions we can take together to better respond to incidences of homelessness.
- That includes looking at opportunities to use public car park stations and Council facilities for short term overnight shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
- Council officers approach every incidence of people experiencing homelessness with sensitivity and compassion.
- We recognise and appreciate that people experiencing homelessness are amongst the most vulnerable members of the community and often have a range of support needs.
- Council officers work closely with Queensland Government agencies and community service organisations to ensure any person who is rough sleeping in a council managed public space is referred to an appropriate community service or housing provider as soon as possible.
- Under my leadership, we have brought in changes so that Council officers will always seek to assist and be respectful of human dignity when encountering people rough sleeping in public areas.
- Unlike some other councils, Sunshine Coast Council does not issue infringements to homeless people but works with them to ensure they are connected to relevant State Government and community services organisations.
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